Mark Beer

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Mark Beer in the DIFC Courtroom

Mark Beer OBE is a British lawyer who is Chairman of The Metis Institute,[1] and co-founder of the University of Oxford's Deep Technology Dispute Resolution Lab.[2] He was previously President of the International Association for Court Administration and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Legal Action Network. Beer has been a member of the Commercial Dispute Resolution Taskforce, part of the UK Government's ‘LawTech Delivery Panel’;[3] advisor to the Board of Resolve Disputes Online;[4] a member of The Innovation Working Group of the Task Force on Justice;[5] a Professional Associate with Outer Temple Chambers;[6] a lawyer with Keystone Law[7] and a member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.[8] Previously he was Chief Executive of the Dubai International Financial Centre's Dispute Resolution Authority; Registrar General and a Small Claims Tribunal judge of the DIFC Courts; and Registrar to the Dubai World Tribunal. Beer is recognized[by whom?][9] as a thought leader and futurist[10] in the legal[11][12] and justice sectors,[13] having spoken[14] about the future of law and justice[15] and been instrumental in the establishment of the Courts of the Future Forum.[16] Beer is also a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford,[17] a member of the World Economic Forum's Expert Network[18] for the Justice sector and a legal commentator on China's One Belt One Road Initiative.[19][20]

Education[edit]

Beer studied at both King Edward's School, Birmingham and Manchester Grammar School before graduating from University of Oxford in 1993 after studying jurisprudence law.

Career[edit]

Beer was appointed Registrar at DIFC Courts in 2008,[21] and a Small Claims Tribunal Judge and the Chief Executive of the DIFC Courts in 2009. Beer is also Registrar at the Dubai World Tribunal.[22] and was appointed Chief Executive of the Dubai International Financial Centre's Dispute Resolution Authority in 2014.[23] In 2017, Beer was appointed Registrar General to the DIFC Courts by Chief Justice Michael Hwang.[24]

Beer was involved in negotiating the memoranda signed with other courts.[25]

Beer has been behind the hyper-connectivity strategy of the DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority, having been instrumental in developing links with China,[26][27][28][29] Kazakhstan,[30][31][32] United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,[33][34] Abu Dhabi Judicial Department,[35][36] Ras al-Khaimah,[37][38][39][40] Microsoft,[41][42] the Dubai Judicial Institute,[43] and New York University Abu Dhabi,[44]

Beer was behind the idea to create the DIFC's Dispute Resolution Authority,[45] hosting the DIFC Courts, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry and the DIFC Academy of Law. The Authority was established by Dubai Law 7 of 2014[46] and shortly after its creation Beer was appointed Chief Executive. Beer worked on the development of the Middle East's first specialist Technology and Construction Court.[47][48][49]

As the Chief Executive of the DIFC Courts, Beer was credited[by whom?][50] as one of the reasons for the DIFC Courts' success.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Beer has twice been named in the 'Top 50 most influential Brits in the UAE' by ArabianBusiness.com.[51] He is also listed as one of the 100 most influential people in Dubai[52] and by Forbes Middle East as one of the top 50 most influential expats in the UAE.[53]

Beer was awarded an OBE in Queen Elizabeth II's 2013 Birthday honours list, for his work in strengthening relations between the UK and the UAE.[54] He has twice been shortlisted by the Law Society of England and Wales as the UK's Solicitor of the Year - In-House.[55] In 2018, Beer was awarded The ACC Middle East Achievement Award[56] for his work in developing Dubai's judicial system.

Charity work[edit]

During Beer's time as Chairman of the British Business Group, he oversaw fundraising for charities in the UAE including Gulf for Good, Foresight, and the British Community Assistance Fund.[57] Since then Beer has remained Vice Chairman of the British Community Assistance Fund,[citation needed] established as a non-profit organisation run by volunteers from the resident British community in the UAE.

Beer is on the MENA Advisory Board of City University[58] and a regular speaker about the importance of education in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.[citation needed]

Beer was appointed Chairman of the UAE's Oxford & Cambridge Society in 2015[59]

References[edit]

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  44. ^ Dhabi, NYU Abu. "South of Everything: A Workshop on Global Legal Education". New York University Abu Dhabi. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
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